Protests At U Of M Over May 2021 Virtual Graduation

Mar 7, 2021

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Parents and students have held a rally to show their displeasure with the University of Michigan’s decision to forgo a traditional in-person spring graduation. Some families believe the university is being too conservative in Ann Arbor. They note that other schools are planning to hold in-person ceremonies, despite the pandemic. U-M is planning to hold graduation in a virtual format with speeches on May 1. The school is also planning a number of in-person experiences, including professional photographs at Michigan Stadium.

Ball State Postpones All 2020 Graduation Ceremonies

Sep 10, 2020
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Ball State University is postponing all graduation ceremonies this year because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The university previously postponed spring and summer commencement plans, rescheduling both for a ceremony on October 10.  Now Ball State president Geoffrey Mearns says that ceremony and one scheduled for December to honor winter graduates will not be held.

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The Indiana State Department of Health reported 43 additional confirmed deaths over the weekend, bringing the state’s total to 2,121. The state announced more than 37,000 total confirmed cases, with more than 304,000 Hoosiers tested.

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The high school class of 2020 has had to adapt to a lot of changes during their senior year due to the pandemic - everything from classes to prom to graduation.  One high school in Westville used a drive-in movie theater to give students a socially distant in-person commencement over the weekend.

Ball State Commencement Rescheduled For October 10

May 15, 2020
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Ball State University will hold a mid-October commencement ceremony to honor graduates who completed degree requirements during the coronavirus pandemic.

President Geoffrey Mearns says a survey of the university community showed an overwhelming desire to hold an in-person ceremony, rather than virtual.

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Ball State University says it will likely reschedule graduation ceremonies cancelled because of COVID-19 restrictions for either the summer or the fall, depending on what state recommendations are still in place.

When Ball State cancelled its early May spring commencement, it sent out a survey on what to do next.  The school says the more than 4,000 responses overwhelmingly showed people wanted an in-person ceremony, not a virtual effort.

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Indiana K-12 schools will not reopen this academic year as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

The Indiana Department of Education ordered schools Thursday to develop plans to prepare for the long-term fallout from that decision.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jennifer McCormick says those “continuous learning plans" will help the state see how schools will continue educating all kindergarteners through high school juniors while buildings remain shut.

Holy Cross College is postponing it’s graduation ceremony until Labor Day weekend due to the coronavirus.

NEW: Notre Dame's 2020 Commencement Moves Online

Mar 30, 2020
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Notre Dame just announced that, like many other universities, the Spring 2020 graduation will not be held in person due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Ball State Cancels Spring Commencement Ceremonies Because Of COVID-19

Mar 23, 2020
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Ball State University has cancelled its scheduled May commencement ceremonies as part of its response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In an email, President Geoffrey Mearns says it is following “increasingly aggressive guidelines” from the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as state and local emergency plans.

Mearns says he understands the disappointment as a parent.  Two of his children are college seniors at other schools, and he says their commencements were also cancelled.

NEW: No 'In-Person' Spring Graduation At Purdue

Mar 16, 2020
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Purdue University’s in-person spring commencement ceremonies have been officially cancelled. 

In a letter to students Tuesday, Purdue President Mitch Daniels said plans were underway to create a virtual ceremony. The school was scheduled to hold six graduations between May 15 and May 17 at Elliott Hall of Music, which contains seating for just over 6,000 people. 

Daniels also said students would have the chance to participate in a more traditional graduation in the future.

On Monday, the university announced that in-person classes at Purdue would not resume for the remainder of the school year.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — University of Michigan cancels all spring graduation activities to curb spread of virus.

U of M President, Mark S. Schlissel, M.D., Ph.D., says in a statement posted online, "We are canceling all Spring 2020 commencement activities across our three campuses. This includes both the large campuswide ceremonies and individual school, college and group recognition ceremonies. We know that this is very disappointing to many, and we are looking at ways to celebrate 2020 graduates in the future."

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Students from the first class at the RV Technical Institute in Elkhart completed their training Wednesday. The school opened in September to solve a shortage of certified RV mechanics. 

The Recreational Vehicle Industry Association invested $10 million into the school to reduce a weeks-long wait period for customers to get repairs. They say it’s because there aren’t enough technicians.

Although 26 students are in the first cohort, two retirees were the first to complete written and practical tests to earn a Level 2 Technician certification.

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An online learning company will soon be given state funding to help adults get their high school diploma. It’s the first organization approved to receive grant money from the Workforce Diploma Reimbursement fund.

The Governor’s Workforce Cabinet approved reimbursements for Graduation Alliance up to $6,750 for each eligible Hoosier adult who receives a high school diploma in their program. Its classes offer a mixture of online assignments as well as phone calls and texts with a teacher.

President Of Taylor University Resigns

Jun 24, 2019

Taylor University’s president is resigning after three years leading the small, Christian school in Upland.  The university made national news this year for its choice of graduation speaker.

University of Notre Dame

Commencement at Notre Dame was held earlier on Sunday and moved indoors due to weather.  Here is the university's recap of the event:

Pence To Speak At Taylor University Graduation

May 17, 2019

Vice President Mike Pence is set to deliver the commencement address at Taylor University in Upland Saturday.

Commencement Is This Weekend At Notre Dame

May 13, 2019
University of Notre Dame

The University of Notre Dame issued the following release of information about this weekend's graduation ceremonies:  

The University of Notre Dame will confer 3,147 degrees during Commencement Weekend Saturday and Sunday (May 18 and 19) on campus.

Governor To Ball State Graduates: Please Stay In Indiana

May 4, 2019
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Michigan State University

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The acting president of Michigan State University Satish Udpa suffered what officials are calling a "health incident" during commencement ceremonies in East Lansing.

Purdue Civics Test Town Hall: What Test, If Any?

Mar 1, 2019

A Friday discussion about the possibility Purdue University might mandate passage of a civics exam to graduate came to few conclusions, except that the existing national citizenship test seems ill-suited for the job President Mitch Daniels wants done.